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MicroMasters MSW

Students with three years or more of human service experience may apply for the MicroMasters MSW program. Students who meet the MicroMasters MSW program criteria will be able to complete the Master of Social Work degree in three to six terms of on-campus enrollment.

Prior to submitting an MSW application, persons planning to apply to the MicroMasters MSW must complete an Eligibility Review Request form and resume to the Office of Student Services at The form and resume will be reviewed to assess eligibility to apply to the MicroMasters MSW program. Once the submitted information is reviewed, the prospective applicant will be contacted via email and may be asked to schedule an admissions consultation. Following the initial review, applicants must fill out a full MSW application, and are subject to a full admissions review.

Admissions Requirements

  • Meet all requirements for application to the MSW program. Review MSW admissions criteria.
  • Have three years or more of human service-related experience.
  • Complete MicroMasters courses with certification and successfully pass the U-M SSW Comprehensive MicroMasters exam.
  • Advanced standing applicants are not eligible for the MicroMasters MSW.
  • Transfer applicants from another MSW program are not eligible for the MicroMasters MSW.

View and Enroll in MicroMasters Certificate Courses at

Note: the MicroMasters Certificate alone is a non-credit bearing credential

Apply to the MicroMasters MSW:

If Offered Admission to the MicroMasters MSW:

  • Step 4
    Begin online MicroMasters Certificate courses at the earliest date possible to allow completion of MicroMasters courses by June 15
  • Step 5
    Complete online comprehensive evaluation by July 15
  • Step 6
    Attend on-campus MSW program orientation in late-August
  • Step 7
    Begin on-campus MSW program in September (Fall term)

Program Details


Date Objective
August 2019 – June 15, 2020 Complete MicroMasters courses
October 2019 – March 1, 2020 Meet with MSW admissions counselor for an in person or phone appointment prior to submitting application, if necessary
October 2019 – March 1, 2020 Apply for MicroMasters MSW. Early application is recommended
By June 15, 2020 Provide the School of Social Work with copies of your certificate of completion for all six MicroMasters courses
July 15, 2020 Complete the Comprehensive Evaluation
August 2020 MSW Program Orientation
September 2020 Fall term begins

Each MicroMasters student will have an individual course planning appointment to plan the completion of required credits. MicroMasters students can complete the MSW degree in three semesters as a full-time student or over six semesters as a part-time student. Note that field begins in the first fall term.

MicroMasters MSW Full-time & Part-time Options

Program Requirements

The 2020-2021 MicroMasters MSW program requires the following:

  • Completion of the six online MicroMasters courses with certification by June 15, 2020:
    • Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change
    • Social Work Practice with Individuals Families and Small Groups
    • Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work
    • Social Work Practice in Community Organization, Management and Policy/Evaluation
    • Social Work: Research
    • Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • Completion of the Comprehensive Evaluation by July 15, 2020
  • Completion of required MSW program courses in three to six terms of enrollment. Courses held on campus at the UM School of Social Work in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Curricular Options

Students must select from the following Pathways:

  • Community Change
  • Global Social Work Practice
  • Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse
  • Management & Leadership
  • Policy & Political Social Work
  • Program Evaluation and Applied Research
  • Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Families from a Lifespan Perspective
  • Welfare of Children & Families

Program Length & Cost

Micro Masters Introductory course $49
Five additional MicroMasters Courses $995
Comprehensive Evaluation Fee $199
Total $1243

After completing the online MicroMasters Certificate, students in the MicroMasters MSW program can complete the MSW degree in three semesters of on-campus enrollment as a full-time student or over six semesters of on-campus enrollment as a part-time student. The cost for the MicroMasters MSW is equivalent to three semesters of full time tuition.

Financial Aid

There is no financial aid available for the online MicroMasters certificate courses. If accepted into the MicroMasters MSW program at the University of Michigan, students may apply for grants, scholarships, Direct Loans, GradPlus Loans, and college work study.

For more information please refer to the MSW Guide to Financial Aid.

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